• First Parish of Norwell
    Hate Has No Home Here

  • Join Us
    for Worship Sunday 10 a.m.

  • Imagine a religion
    where inspiration comes from many spiritual sources

  • We are
    a Welcoming Church

  • We Value the
    Inherent Worth & Dignity of Every Person

  • Our goal:
    World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for all.

  • We Respect
    the interdependent web of all existence

About Us

First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age, or sexual orientation, ours is a Welcoming Church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished New England congregation serving the area including Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Hanson, Hingham, Scituate, Pembroke and other south shore towns for more than 375 years. Read More.


"In the bonds of fellowship and love, we unite to cultivate reverence, to promote spiritual growth and ethical commitment, to minister to each other's needs and to those of humanity, to celebrate the sacred moments of life's passage, and to honor the holiness at the heart of being."
First Parish of Norwell Covenant


People of diverse beliefs gather as one faith. We aspire to create an extended spiritual family where young and old, Christian and non-christian, theist and humanist can offer each other mutual friendship and support in our common spiritual quest.


The Helen Fogg Service Committee coordinates efforts to reach our service goals by working with and contributing to already existing social justice and outreach efforts. Four areas of focus help to organize our work include: Neighbor to Neighbor, Sustainable Development, Education, and Human Rights.

We Are UU

Unitarian Universalist principles encourage the right of conscience and utilizing the democratic process to achieve social justice, equity, and equal opportunity for all individuals in our local, national, and global communities. At First Parish of Norwell, we support individual and group efforts to bring about a world where no person is denied the right to participate and enjoy the fruits of a just and equitable society.

Who We Are

First Parish Norwell

Minister - Reverend Lise Adams Sherry

Rev. Lise feels pastoral care and rites of passage make up one of the more sacred parts of ministry. During these times, Lise hopes people will trust her with their challenges and their joys. Lise has found that simply offering her presence can be one of the more empowering things she does as a minister.

Contact the Minister


Minister's Bio

Read more about Rev. Lise

Minister Emeritus - Rev. Richard M. Fewkes

Join Us for Sunday Services at 10 a.m.

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    December 9: Bless the Children
    We'll hear poems and stories reminding us about how important our children are. It's also Outreach Sunday and donations received today with go towards helping buy gifts and other necessary items for children in foster homes. Don't forget to bring any gifts you bought for children in foster homes today.
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    December 16: Nativity in a Box
    Rev. Lise and Gabe Millins, DRE

    It's our annual multigenerational, slightly chaotic and always fun, retelling of the Christmas story with input from other religious traditions. All are welcome to join in the story or participate as an encouraging audience member. Our multigenerational choir will sing and our chime choir will perform, too.
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    December 23: Blue Christmas
    The holidays can be a challenging time of year, and that’s okay. We'll take some time to simply be with our difficult feelings in community.
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    December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
    It's our annual candlelight service when we join together as the larger community to celebrate the birth that changed the world. Baby care is available. The collection from both services will be used to benefit people in need throughout the year. Join us at either 5:00 or 7:30 pm.
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    December 30: Soap Box Sunday Scott Babcock, Worship Leader
    Do you have an issue, a favorite activity, an idea or "ah ha" moment you've been ruminating on and would like to share with others? Now is your chance! Talk to Scott Babcock if you'd like to participate.
    Should severe weather this winter necessitate cancellation of any church activities, we will make every effort to leave an outgoing message on the church's voicemail and send an all-church email with the information. Depending on the amount of advance notice check here as well. We will notify WATD radio in Marshfield (95.9 FM), WCVB – TV (Channel 5), WHDH 7News and radio/AM 680 if church services are cancelled. We will also make every effort to post updates on our Facebook page. However, power outages or lack of internet access may affect our ability to communicate with you all. Please be cautious and use your best judgment!
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